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This review is from: "Doctor Who": The Rising Night: (Audio Original) (BBC Audio) (Audio CD)
This is the latest doctor who audio story from the bbc. Like the three previous ones in the range it tells an all new story, spread over two discs each of just over an hour in duration. Each disc is one long episode with no breaks in the middle but they are divided into twenty four tracks for ease of access.
Michelle Ryan, recently seen in the tv episode planet of the dead, reads this story. set sometime after the end of the fourth season, it features the doctor, travelling on his own, visiting a village in yorkshire several centuries ago. The place has been covered in total darkness for weeks, and nasty creatures are out on the moors, luring men to their doom. The Doctor teams up with a local girl called charity in order to find what's going on and save the day.
Story wise this is a pretty typical doctor who adventure, but with enough nice and original touches to make it stand out just a little from the norm. The script uses charity in ways in part two that you might not have expected. The monsters are well characterised and quite a decent creation and there some very atmospheric moments. the scenes of men being lured to their doom are very unsettling and very understated. there's also quite a novel solution to the matter at hand.
Mind you after this the one remaining plot strand lasts nigh on ten minutes and for a lot of seemed a little too cliched, covering ground we've been over with the tenth doctor a few too many times before. and yet it does manage, in the end, to do not quite what you were expecting, producing quite a memorable finale.
Reading wise, Michelle Ryan has a tough act to follow after catherine tate's work on the last two, but she does a very good job. her version of the doctor captures his manner of speaking rather than the sound of his voice, but she's very good with the regional accents on display in the supporting characters, and in creating the right mood when required.
Not quite the best of this range, but a decent and entertaining listen.